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“This thing between us... is this a blessing or is this a curse?”

He was lying on his bed abroad his ship, the Oro Jackson. She was lying on her bed inside her house in Baterilla, South Blue. They were lying next to each other, holding hands.

“Isn’t it obvious? It leads me to you.”

Gol D. Roger grinned and turned to face her. He put his hand on her stomach and gently kissed her.

“This thing will always be a blessing to me, Rouge.”

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“I know how much it hurts her. I know she wants to be here with us. I know she wants to be a part of this final voyage. I know it because I feel it. I can feel it and that’s what really scares me, Ray. Because it means that Rouge can feel what I am feeling too.”

Rayleigh stayed quiet, listening to his friend in silence.

He knew there was a special connection between Roger and Rouge but he could never truly understand it. It was downright impossible for a normal person like him to understand it. The ability to know each other thought, to feel and understand one another feeling, to be there yet not at the same time, to be another person yet still very much yourself, to be emotionally and mentally linked to another person, to sense and communicate with one another, to share everything about you and everything that you have with another person.

“That’s why... that’s why this final voyage of ours must become a success. ”

What could he say? His captain’s wish was his command.

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“I want to turn this fading life of mine into something of worth.”

In Loguetown, the place where he was born, the place where he was about to be executed, Gol D. Roger grinned at the face of death.

In the execution platform, stood two people who would be his executioners, holding tight the blades that they would surely use to execute him. Roger wasn’t afraid at all. He wasn’t alone. There were people invisible to the eyes of everyone there except Roger’s, standing together with him in fellowship.

“My wealth and treasures? If you want it, I will let you have it. Search for it! I left all of it at that place.”

True to himself, Gol D. Roger turned his fading life into a huge flame that engulfed the entire world with those last words.

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“I will defy the world to make you smile. I will do it over and over again for you, trust me on that. In any lifetime, in any world, in any version of reality, we would always meet because I’d find you forever and I’d always choose you.”

Gol D. Roger to Portgas D. Rouge, years ago.

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One death, one sacrifice, one moment out of time that irrevocably linked eleven minds of strangers in disparate parts of the world.

Things that defied explanations happened quite often in this world, especially in both Paradise and New World. However, the thing that about to transpire soon might just take the cherry on top.

Fate, endlessly whimsical, laughed heartily and clapped their hands, watching the event that was about to unfold by itself.

In Raftel, the island at the end of the New World which supposedly held Gol D. Roger’s treasure, a beautiful woman was running as fast as her feet could carry her from the shadows of death that chased her.

She stumbled and fell.

The dark shadows finally caught her in it’s grip.

No longer able to run, her only option was to bravely smile at the face of death, like all her predecessors before her.

“You will never win.” She whispered to the shadows surrounding her.

Those were her last words before her body was swallowed whole by the black shadows.

Yet with those last words, she unknowingly gave them a chance to fight. A hope. A light.

An eye for an eye.

A tooth for a tooth.

A life for a life.

In Marineford, a boy watched helplessly as his brother in everything but blood shielded him from a deadly attack, fatally wounding himself in the process.

A D sacrificing his own life for another D, protecting him with no hesitation.

It happened at the same time. The woman in Raftel, bearing the name of D, losing her life to the shadows. A young man bearing the name of D in Marineford, about to forfeit his own life to protect his younger brother in everything but blood.

The younger brother, another D.

These things became connected to one another and created a trigger.

Suddenly, there wasn’t one of him but eleven of them.

The boy was no longer alone.

Straw Hat, Monkey D. Luffy, captain of the Straw Hat Pirates.

Pirate Hunter, Roronoa Zoro, first mate of the Straw Hat Pirates.

Surgeon of Death, Trafalgar D. Water Law, captain of the Heart Pirates.

Eustass “Captain” Kid, captain of the Kid Pirates.

Massacre Soldier, Killer, first mate of the Kid Pirates.

Mad Monk, Urouge, captain of the Fallen Monk Pirates.

Red Flag, X Drake, captain of the Drake Pirates.

The Roar of The Sea, Scratchmen Apoo, captain of the On Air Pirates.

The Magician, Basil Hawkins, captain of the Hawkins Pirates.

The Glutton, Jewelry Bonney, captain of the Bonney Pirates.

Capone “Gang” Bege, captain of the Fire Tank Pirates.

These eleven individuals, ten men and a woman, absolute strangers who were chosen whimsically by fate, were about to become big players that shall certainly bring a huge change into the world, leading it to it’s dawn.

The moon was ignorant of the dawn. One ardent wish that must be fulfilled. The shadows were cast, woven together through the passage of time to understand the radiance of dawn.

Remember, wherever they were, should their name be heard throughout the world, another storm shall certainly befall the world. The natural enemy of god shall bare it’s fangs and strike once more.

Long live the will of D.